I enjoy seeing how the theater sausage gets made. It's a unique experience for audience members to glimpse the inner workings of theater. At PWC's staged play readings, the actors typically read from scripts without the sets or full costumes that we would typically see in a fully staged play. It is exciting to see the theater artists (i.e. playwrights, dramaturgs, actors, and musicians) in action, script in hand, creating, playing, and testing their art form in front of new audiences. Being among the first people to ever experience a new play is a great honor.
There is even more to love about the experience: all of the work is free, so if I'm on a tight budget I can still enjoy interesting stories and great performances by local playwrights.
Here's the 2017 public season, so make a reservation and clear your calendar; it's worth it!
The Playwrights' Center 2017-18 season:
- “A Humbling in St. Paul” by Alice Tuan
- “Take Care” by Jason Gray Platt
- “In the Time of the Volcano” by Jen Silverman
- “The Overcoat: a musical for non musical people” by Kira Obolensky (December 4 & 5)
- “How The Ghost Of You Clings, The Anna May Wong Story” by John Olive (January 8 & 9)
- “Three Quarter Inches of Sky” by Sherry Kramer (February 5 & 6)
- “Tiny Houses” by Stefanie Zadravec (March 5 & 6)
- “the bandaged place” by Harrison David Rivers (April 9 & 10)
Playwright Jen Silverman on “In the Time of the Volcano” which is a part of Playlabs: